Hell to Pay is a new comic by Charles Soule (Undiscovered Country, Curse Words), Will Sliney (Star Wars, Spider-Man), and Rachelle Rosenberg (Star Wars) that will be available at your local comic shop in the summer of 2021, but in the meantime, you can watch the creation of the series on Twitch… and even make a Faustian deal to get your idle hands on the first issue early!
The series, which will be published by Image, will follow wife and husband team Maia and Sebastian Stone as they attempt to pay off the debts they accumulated at the enigmatic Shrouded College by tracking down six hundred sixty-six coins (or “the Devil’s Dollar”). It seems each of the coins can be used to incur the services of a demo – but the Stones just want to collect the coins so they can exchange them for their freedom (yay, capitalism). However, just as they are about to achieve their goal, their plans go awry… and the consequences may affect all of humanity.
The drawing and coloring of the pages in the first issue will be streamed live on artist Sliney’s and colorist Rosenberg’s respective Twitch channels, with Soule appearing on the streams for design and story work shopping purposes.
We are LIVE…
New @ImageComics book with @CharlesSoule @rachellecheri HELL to PAY…. Amazing team to be working with and we are creating it all Live for you to watch.
I'm live right now doing just thathttps://t.co/gkMPkNmB4w pic.twitter.com/6r4QXVQQdg
— Will Sliney (@WillSliney) December 10, 2020
In addition to getting a chance to see the nitty-gritty of the comics creating process up-close and personal via the stream, viewers will also get the opportunity to order a special advance copy of Hell to Pay before it arrives in comic shops in summer 2021.
You can take a look at the entirety of the Hell to Pay official press release from Image below. Are you interested in this hellish allegory for late-stage capitalism? Will you be streaming the creation of Hell to Pay on Twitch? Can anything good come of a deal that includes 666? All pressing questions.
CHARLES SOULE & WILL SLINEY TO LIVE STREAM CREATION OF FORTHCOMING IMAGE SERIES HELL TO PAY
PORTLAND, Ore. 12/10/2020 — Bestselling author Charles Soule (Undiscovered Country, Anyone) and artist Will Sliney (Spider-Man, Star Wars) will combine the immediacy and excitement of Twitch live streaming with the comics creation process, as they create their upcoming Image series Hell to Pay live for fans around the world.
The critically acclaimed Sliney, along with colorist Rachelle Rosenberg (Star Wars,) will take to Twitch live stream to draw and color the pages for Hell to Pay #1—and with Soule joining them to workshop design and story elements, it will be the first Image comic to be created live and in real-time, opening up the process for audiences on every level. Live streams will occur regularly on Sliney‘s Twitch channel as well as Rosenberg’s.
The live streams documenting the creation of the upcoming adventure/fantasy series will showcase Sliney’s technique, give a sneak peek into the comic making craft, and provide fans with an opportunity to order a collectible first printing of the series—months before its official launch in Summer 2021.
Best described as Indiana Jones meets Hellboy, this supernatural story will provide a punch of derring-do and paranormal intrigue. We follow Maia and Sebastian Stone, a married couple working as indentured servants to the mysterious Shrouded College, tasked to use various magical artifacts and abilities to track down and remove from earthly circulation six hundred and sixty-six coins of the currency used in Hell…qurrakh… aka the Devil’s Dollar. Each coin can buy the services of a demon, and they have wreaked havoc across the globe ever since a damned soul escaped Hell centuries ago with a sack of them over his shoulder. Maia and Sebastian are on the cusp of retrieving the last few coins when everything falls apart. Their planned life together, free from their debts to the Shrouded College, suddenly seems very distant indeed, and the world now hangs in the balance.
“Hell to Pay is a combination of a lot of things I love and one thing I don’t: supernatural adventure, treasure hunt stories, and the harsh consequences of late-stage capitalism! I think there’s a lot to say about money—everyone on earth is affected by cash in one way or another. Looking at it through a demonic lens is a fun way to play with the concept,” said Soule. “I’m also so excited to try something new by creating the book live on Twitch. Will and Rachelle are fantastic—this will be like being in a band, performing live every night as we come up with new ideas and implement them right then and there. I can’t wait—especially to do it in front of an audience. Scary? Maybe a little—but I do love a challenge.”
Sliney added: “Comics are always evolving, as are the methods of creating them. I’m excited to be part of doing something genuinely new with this book, opening up the process of drawing the book for people to join us and learn both the craft and how we create the story. It’s an opportunity for people to get to know the characters before they read the book, and to connect with the whole process, which will hopefully make us all enjoy reading it when it comes out even more.”
Hell to Pay #1 will be available at comic book shops in Summer 2021.
Hell to Pay #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.